IntelliVocab for SAT
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that IntelliVocab for SAT has several useful tools for practicing a little over 200 vocabulary words, but the word list is not comprehensive and the settings options could be a bit confusing for teens. Users can choose to scroll through the definitions of words and view antonyms, synonyms, and example sentences. They can also practice selecting the correct definitions of words or take a 30-question quiz. This app is nearly identical to the app IntelliVocab for GRE and GMAT. Teens are encouraged to upgrade to the deluxe version with over 4800 words for $.99.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- academic development
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
From the home screen teens can choose to answer practice questions, review the word list, view a progress report, take a 30-question test, or adjust the app's settings. The app includes over 200 words with definition, synonyms, antonyms, and example sentences for each. Some of the words (not all) have audio pronunciations. As teens answer the multiple-choice questions, the app adjusts the difficulty ranking of words and records data on performance. Teens can review a report on their progress that includes helpful learning data.
Is it any good?
INTELLIVOCAB FOR SAT provides a promising and useful way of learning the definitions of words, and the tools for tracking progress are helpful. That said, the occasional glitches and typos and the bizarre distribution of words (or lack thereof) is disappointing. Without a tutorial to explain the app's design, users might be confused to see seemingly easy words categorized as difficulty level 10 out of 10. It takes a while to figure out that until the user answers questions with a word, it remains a 10. Because of this, the settings options for adjusting the difficulty aren't helpful at first.
In addition, some of the words in the app don't seem like SAT-level words, for example, "writing" is on the list. On the whole, the price is right, so go ahead and add this to your test prep toolbox, but don't rely on it to be comprehensive.
Families can talk about...
In the lead-up to the big test, post an SAT word on the fridge each day. Encourage your teens to use the word in conversation and help them to use it correctly. (You might learn something, too!)
Encourage your teen to read as widely as possible. Reading on a daily basis -- especially more complex texts -- helps expand vocabulary.